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Amina Figarova: Above the Clouds

Amina Figarova’s September Suite, released in 2005, remains one of the most complete of all jazz responses to the events of 9/11, emotionally and musically. Above the Clouds confirms that Figarova is among the most important composers to come into jazz in the new millennium.

She was a respected classical pianist in her native Azerbaijan and did not take up jazz until she moved to the Netherlands in her early 20s. Her years in the conservatory are a distant backdrop to the jazz she writes now. Yet her compositions, in their formal elegance and meticulous thoroughness, reveal a classical discipline.

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